The War of 1812 is sometimes called “the forgotten war.” Though it inspired the “Star Spangled Banner,” this war is often overshadowed in American minds by the longer Revolutionary and Civil wars.
A PBS film called “The War of 1812” is demystifying this conflict with re-enactments, exlanatory animation and the commentary of history experts. That’s a trailer for the show, above.
It premiered on TV last night, but you can watch it online here if you missed it.
If you have a smartphone, you also can download a mobile app with more videos, guides to battlefields and historic sites, and more.
Those with War of 1812 ancestors also will be interested in the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Preserve the Pensions project to digitize pension files for War of 1812 soldiers. Many of these records are already available at Fold3.com.
You can get more help finding War of 1812 ancestors with these related resources from Family Tree Magazine: